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Scorched Earth

The 7th DS McAvoy Novel

By David Mark

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A murder and a missing person case puts McAvoy on the track of a man whose desire for revenge is unstoppable - but who may not be the worst criminal involved.

The police think Crystal Heathers isn't missing.

The trainee detective assigned to the case isn't so sure.

McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall...and that all the signs point to it being a little girl.

But why would anyone not report a kidnapping?

And how far would someone go to get revenge?

The case will test McAvoy to breaking point - as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.

Biographical Notes

David spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post - walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels.

He has written six novels in the McAvoy series: Dark Winter, Original Skin, Sorrow Bound, Taking Pity, Dead Pretty and Cruel Mercy, as well as a McAvoy novella, A Bad Death, which is available as an ebook. Dark Winter was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller.

He lives in Lincolnshire, and you can find him on Twitter @davidmarkwriter.

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  • ISBN: 9781473643093
  • Publication date: 25 Jan 2018
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Mulholland Books
Praise for David Mark — .
There is a good array of villains, and Mark is impressive in his sensitive portrayals of the relationships between the principal characters at work and home. — The Times
Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull. — Financial Times
Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series — Crime Scene Magazine
A brilliant read. — Sun
In McAvoy, David Mark has created a big hero with a huge heart. His skill at weaving threads of light through the darkest fabric has rightly won him a legion of fans who like their crime fiction to be real and compassionate. — Sarah Hilary
Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent. — Peter James
David Mark takes McAvoy to the US on a rollercoaster ride into darkness. Brilliantly written and compelling. — Steve Cavanagh
McAvoy must be one of the most fascinating fictional detectives out there - a true original. This is an intoxicating brew - Catholicism, travellers, underground fight scenes, the mob - and rumbling through it all like a bear with a blush is DS Aector McAvoy. Superb writing. A truly fantastic read. — Michael J Malone, author of A Suitable Lie
Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order — Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball — Val McDermid
To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet. — Kirkus starred review
Effortlessly blends the brutal and the tender, the dark and the light. Aector McAvoy is a true original. So is David Mark. — Mick Herron, author of Dead Lions
Highly entertaining — The Sunday Times
Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully — Peter May
The McAvoy series pulls off the double whammy of cracking characters and cunning plots. The big detective Aector McAvoy is so real and so loveable you want to have a pint with him, and the legendary Trish Pharaoh proves that a man can create an utterly compelling female character — Anya Lipska
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